Stagg Jr. is, as far as I know, a brand that was released when George T. Stagg, on of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) got more and more popular. This whiskey is made in the same vein, except it’s not as old.
What you can expect is a solid bourbon at a rather ridiculous strength. At least, when it came out, ABVs like this were not overly common. Things have changed in the last couple of years with Bourbon (and American whiskey in general) becoming more and more popular over the years.
I had this sample, although I don’t remember where I got it, for a while and tried a little while ago. It’s from a batch bottled in 2015, so of course it’s only available at a rather inflated price. Although, with things being as they are, I’m not overly shocked by the current price tag.
Sweet, oily bourbon. Lots of corn sweetness, and a whiff of alcohol (unsurprisingly). Some dried strawberries and baking spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, oak.
Dry and insanely strong. Lots of oak and alcohol. The sweetness needs a few seconds to come through. This cuts through everything. It gets a bit oily in texture with a syrupy thickness. Spices, oak, red fruits like strawberries, raspberries.
The finish is more classical with the more typical bourbon flavors in overdrive. Corn, oak, spices, even some cigars.
The ‘Kentucky Hug’ on this one is strong, which is not surprising given the strength. It’s not too strong though, and when given half a chance to give you the other flavors of red fruits and oily thickness, it’s turns out rather great. Of course there are some wood spices and those only add to the complexity. Great stuff, this!
Stagg Jr., bottled in 2015, 129.7 proof / 64.85%. Available in France for € 300